Click here to read Jian Ghomesh’s apology which is also shown below or watch Kathryn Borel’s very strong and brave statement. I’m in awe of her strength and very proud of all the individuals who came together to outsmart Jian. Women everywhere are safer for ALL your efforts to get it done! Thank you! Lawmakers …. why do women have to endure crap like this? And how are women suppose to react when faced with this type of behaviour? Before you answer, tie both hands together or tie them behind your back if you’re brave or kneel down with your hands tied together to reflect the usual strength imbalance between men and women. Now answer my questions and come up with equitable laws. I would like others to comment on how imbalances can be addressed in law because the situations these ladies faced was definitely not fair, nor should it take 3 years to gather enough evidence to get just an apology. Thank you.
Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi apologized in court Wednesday to former CBC employee Kathryn Borel, who accused him of sexually assaulting her.
Below is the full text of his apology:
I want to apologize to Ms. Borel for my behaviour towards her in the workplace. In the last 18 months, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on this incident and the difficulties I caused Ms. Borel, and I have come to terms with my own deep regret and embarrassment.
I enjoyed a position of privilege in my job at CBC as the host of a program I loved. I was a person in a position of authority and leadership, and I did not show the respect that I should have to Ms. Borel. I did not always lead by example and I failed to understand and truly appreciate the impact of my conduct on Ms. Borel’s work environment. That conduct in the workplace was sexually inappropriate. I realize that there is no way for me to know the full impact on her personally and professionally.
I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately. A workplace should not have any sexualized tone. I failed to understand how my words and actions would put a coworkers who was younger than me, and in a junior position to mine, in an uncomfortable place. I did not appreciate the damage that I caused, and I recognize that no workplace friendship or creative environment excuses this sort of behaviour, especially when there is a power imbalance as there was with Ms. Borel. This incident was thoughtless and I was insensitive to her perspective and how demeaning my conduct was towards her. I understand this now. This is a challenging business to be in and I did not need to make it more difficult for Ms. Borel. The past 18 months have been an education for me. I have reflected deeply and have been working hard to address the attitudes that led me, at the time, to think this was acceptable.
I apologize to my family for letting them down and in particular for the impact all of this has had on my dear mother and my sister. I apologize for the burden my actions have placed on those dear friends who have stood by me throughout this difficult time. I regret my behaviour at work with all of my heart and I hope that I can find forgiveness from those for whom my actions took such a toll.